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Message of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019

Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. We can only re-establish trust in institutions, rebuild global solidarity and reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all.

In recent decades, we have seen remarkable progress on women’s rights and leadership in some areas. But these gains are far from complete or consistent – and they have already sparked a troubling backlash from an entrenched patriarchy.

Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power. We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture. Only when we see women’s rights as our common objective, a route to change that benefits everyone, will we begin to shift the balance.

Increasing the number of women decision-makers is fundamental. At the United Nations, I have made this a personal and urgent priority. We now have gender parity among those who lead our teams around the world, and the highest-ever numbers of women in senior management. We will continue to build on this progress. Continue reading

“Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” – Round-table on International Women’s Day 2015

1Dhaka, 8 March: To mark the International Women’s Day 2015 with theme of Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!, UNIC Dhaka and Dhaka University Model UN Association jointly organized a round-table at Centre’s meeting room on 8 March 2015. Issues like Commission on the Status of Women-CSW, Beijing+20, contribution of women in economic activities, political awareness of girls, respect to women, rights practice in family, moral and ethical education and  proper utilization of mass and social media were discussed in the round-table. UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman moderated the session. Among others DUMUNA President M.J.Sohel, Youth Icon Md. Mamun Mia and Journalist Sajed Rau spoke on the ocassion. UN Secretary-General’s video message on the Day was screened at the beginning of the event. University students and youth representatives and journalist took part in the round-table.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on International Women’s Day: 8 March 2015

Untitled-1Twenty years ago, when the world convened a landmark conference on women’s human rights, the devastating conflict in the former Yugoslavia prompted deserved attention to rape and other war crimes there against civilians. Two decades later, with girls as young as seven not only targeted but used as weapons by violent extremists, it would be easy to lose heart about the value of international gatherings. But while we have a long way to go to achieve full equality – with ending gender-based violence a central goal – progress over the past two decades has proven the enduring value of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women.

Since the adoption of its Declaration and Platform for Action, more girls have attained more access to more education than ever before. The number of women dying in childbirth has been almost halved. More women are leading businesses, governments and global organizations.  I welcome these advances. At the same time, on this International Women’s Day, we must acknowledge that the gains have been too slow and uneven, and that we must do far more to accelerate progress everywhere.   Continue reading